Pakistan has Signed but does not Follow UN Protocol on Religious Freedom: Jamil Maqsood tells UNHRC
by Sardar Jamil Maqsood
Pakistan has signed convention of civil and political rights and protocol on religious freedom and freedom of thoughts, but the practice of the State and even the laws that have been promulgated there are completely contradictory to the letter and spirit of these conventions. For instance, the 1973 constitution of Pakistan declares “Ahmadis” as non-Muslims in clause 295C. This article is specifically directed against the Ahmadi sect. No wonder Ahmadis are under attack since that article has been incorporated in the book of law. Anyone accused under this law is not given right to a fair trial. Same is the fate of Shia minorities in that country. They are constantly under attack by extremists of the majority Sunni sects. ....